bangkokpost.com – Prem pleads for reconciliation
All Thais, whatever their political affiliation, should seek to reconcile with each other in an amicable way and bear in mind that being a united nation is of high importance, Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda said on Thursday.
bangkokpost.com – Not so fast!
The 3G auction has been officially approved but watchdog groups and even a member of the NBTC itself say the happy executives of the Big Three mobile networks (above) have put one over on the commission and the public.
nationmultimedia.com – AIT’s legal status could be a problem
Following Wednesday’s protest by Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) students worried about the validity of their degrees, a senior education official said yesterday that AIT’s curricula had been certified in accordance with Thai laws, so the problem had more to do with the school’s legal status.
bangkokpost.com – Dirty deals
A public anti-graft group has made spectacular, detailed claims that politicians have laundered tens of billions in corruption and sent it abroad.
nationmultimedia.com – Thailand will dump rice : US group
The USA Rice Federation fears Thailand will eventually dump rice on the global market, according to Oryza Rice Recap, a website specialising in providing rice information.
bangkokpost.com – PC Air licence in danger
Thai owned PC Air whose only aircraft was grounded in Seoul over delayed payment of airport facility fees including refueling expenses may have its licence revoked if found to have violated aviation regulations, Deputy Transport Minister Chatchart Sithipan said on Thursday.
mcot.net – Domestic auto sales hit record high in September
Domestic auto sales in September hit a record high, totalling 132,680 units, an increase of 52 per cent year-on-year, according to the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).
nationmultimedia.com – Thailand tune-up
Thailand will gear up for next month’s Fifa Futsal World Cup with the friendly All Stars Futsal Festival tournament, which kicks off this Sunday at Bangkok’s Thai-Japan Youth Centre.
bangkokpost.com – Clashes hit adidas I’nesia factory
JAKARTA: More than 1,300 people clashed with security guards at an Indonesian shoe factory which supplies sportswear giants adidas and Mizuno, police said Thursday, months after they were sacked for striking over better pay.
bbc.co.uk – China to conduct naval exercises
China is set to conduct naval exercises in the East China Sea, state media report, amid heightened tensions with Japan over islands both claim.
news.com.au – Sri Lankan fisherman says boat hijacked
A Sri Lankan fisherman says he and his crew mates were thrown into the open sea by migrants headed to Australia, after they hijacked their boat.
bbc.co.uk – China’s growth rate slows to 7.4%
China’s economic growth slows further in the third quarter, but other figures suggest the economy may be stabilising and even bouncing back.
bbc.co.uk – Doctors facing new era of checks
Annual appraisals of doctors’ skills will start from December, heralding the biggest shake-up in medical regulation for more than 150 years.
news.com.au – UK court sides with Samsung in Apple suit
A British appeals court has backed a judgment that Samsung’s Galaxy is “not as cool” as Apple’s iPad – and so doesn’t infringe Apple’s rights.
news.com.au – UK starts secret agent apprenticeships
Britain is recruiting teenage apprentice spies and codebreakers in a bid to deepen the talent pool of its intelligence services in the cyber era.
bbc.co.uk – UK experiences ‘weirdest’ weather
The UK has experienced its “weirdest” weather on record in the past few months, scientists say.
bbc.co.uk – Brain injuries ‘link’ to young offenders
Young people who sustain brain injuries are more likely to commit crimes and end up in prison, research suggests.
bbc.co.uk – Rwanda joins UN Security Council
Rwanda is elected to sit on the UN Security Council, a day after a UN report said the defence minister in Kigali was commanding a rebellion in DR Congo.
bbc.co.uk – South Sudan orders oil to flow
South Sudan orders oil companies immediately to restart production, ending a dispute with Sudan that heightened cross-border tension.
bbc.co.uk – EU in deal on bank supervision
EU leaders agree to phase in a single supervisory body for eurozone banks over the course of 2013, in an apparent Franco-German compromise deal.
bbc.co.uk – Greece hit by new general strike
Greece sees its 20th general strike in two years, in protest at further spending cuts needed to receive the next bailout instalment.
bbc.co.uk – Google threatens French media ban over proposed law
Google has threatened to exclude French media sites from search results if France goes ahead with plans to make search engines pay for content.
bbc.co.uk – Colombian peace talks launched
Negotiators from the Colombian government and left-wing Farc rebels set the stage for their first direct talks for a decade, addressing reporters in Norway.
bbc.co.uk – Deadly mudslide hits Peru village
At least 11 people are killed and another 10 are missing after a landslide hits a village in a jungle area in northern Peru.
bbc.co.uk – Syrian air strikes on rebel towns
Air strikes on rebel strongholds in northern Syria kill dozens of people, activists say, leaving survivors digging through the rubble of flattened buildings to find bodies.
news.com.au – At least 28,000 have disappeared in Syria
An activist group says at least 28,000 people have disappeared in Syria since the start of an anti-regime uprising.
bbc.co.uk – Saudi female religion police plan
The reforming head of Saudi Arabia’s religious police says women officers need to be introduced into the force.
bbc.co.uk – US marriage law struck down again
A US law that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman is struck down by a New York appeal court, the second such ruling against it.
bbc.co.uk – Error sees Google stock suspended
Trading in Google shares was suspended for over two hours after it released financial results early by mistake, showing a 20% profit fall.